What’s the best part of your strata property? Is it the community gym? The swimming pool? Or the strong sense of security you get from living in a building with attentive managers?
For many strata owners, one of the best features of their home is simply having a balcony to hang out on and catch a bit of sun. You can only enjoy your balcony, however, if it’s safe – particularly if you have children. Here are three tips for ensuring your balcony is secure.
- As sunnier days approach, make sure you haven’t neglected your balcony throughout the winter. Water and rot can make a balcony unsafe, as can corrosion and even insects. If you think repairs are in order, reach out to your strata committee or building managers.
- If you have young children, it may be worth your while to install safety features like locks, screens and protective glass. A balcony that is safe for adults may be riskier for those who fall below a certain height.
- Follow the rules. If you aren’t allowed to smoke, barbecue or have a certain volume of people on your balcony, it’s not because the strata committee doesn’t want you to have fun – it’s because they’re looking out for your safety. Fire and excessive loads can turn a pleasant balcony into a danger zone.